#1 vs #2 PT Lumber
What is the difference?
At my local Home Depot they sell:
4 x 4 x 8 #1 Pressure-Treated Post
Model # 4210154
Store SKU # 439603
4 x 4 x 10 #2 Pressure-Treated Timber
Model # 4220254
Store SKU # 257974
What is the difference between #1 and #2 PT lumber?
PT #1 is the better stuff you want to use for the actual decking surface. It has less knots, blemishes, etc. than #2 PT lumber. #2 has knots and blemishes you really don't want on your decking surface........it is best used for deck FRAMING purposes.
Especially at box stores, you still have to look at each piece! It is why I shopped at real lumber yards. They had the common sense and knowledge to know even a #1 piece of decking was not of much value if it was warped into a semi-circle! They didn't just unload the truck and toss it in the stack! The few times I have had to buy lumber at a box store helping friends in other places I wasted half a day sorting it all myself and using a language not for children and impressionable young ladies!:furious::furious::furious::censored:
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